Here’s Why You Need a Reading Corner in Your House
Curling up with a good book is one of my favorite things to do now, but I used to hate reading. Reading felt like a chore my entire life, but when I gave birth to my daughter I knew I wanted her to love reading, which meant I had to read to her. Even snuggled up to a precious little baby, reading felt like a chore. I had a million other things on my mind and would only think about what I was going to do after reading, so I couldn’t enjoy the actual reading. That’s when my husband built me and baby a reading nook, and everything changed. I finally felt relaxed, and having a space dedicated to just reading made it feel like reading was what I was supposed to be doing.
Eventually, I found myself using the nook to read books for myself instead of just to my daughter, and now I’m a proud bookworm and a proud momma of a little bookworm. As strange as it sounds, I don’t believe I would have ever gotten here without a personalized reading corner. The best part of the corner is that my daughter and I not only get to bond, but also get all the benefits of reading.
Benefits of Reading
Reading is great for people of all ages, you never stop gaining from reading. And if you’re like me, a reading corner may be the only way you can enjoy reading, and it is a great way to get kids to love reading. Some of the benefits of reading include:
- Improved concentration
In kids and adults, reading can improve concentration since it requires you to focus on one thing at a time. It can be a challenge at first to focus, but the more you read, the more your concentration improves. If a child has good concentration skills, they are also more likely to do well in school, especially when it comes to writing.
- Improved language skills
Especially in children, reading can foster a wide vocabulary and expose them to proper sentence structure, which aides them in correctly putting sentences together for themselves.
- Promotes long-term brain health
A study conducted by scientists at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests that reading, as a child or adult, may preserve memory and slow brain deterioration. Reading stimulates the brain, which also lowers the risk of certain diseases, like Alzheimer’s.
- Teaches Empathy
As an adult, you should probably already know empathy, but children, especially only children, can learn empathy through reading. Reading teaches children about their surroundings, including other people and the world around them. As children relate to characters, they can start seeing themselves in their place and feeling the things they’d feel, which is a crucial life skill.
- Reduces Stress
Stress can be overwhelming no matter what age you are. When you feel like the world is closing in on you, or you’re on your last straw, reading can provide the perfect escape for your mind. By preoccupying your mind with reading, you can actually lower stress levels since you aren’t dwelling on whatever was stressing you out. In addition, teaching kids healthy ways to cope with stress, like reading, will set them up for success in the future.
- Improves Quality of Sleep
Reading before bed can be a great way to relax and forget about the day’s troubles. By putting yourself in a relaxed, peaceful mood before bed can make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and actually sleep better.
Tips on Creating a Reading Corner
When creating a reading corner for you or your children, the most important part is the personalization. Decorate the area in a way that represents and looks good to you or your child. If you like the way the reading corner looks, you are much more likely to use it, so make it as cozy and as you as possible. To help you create the perfect reading corner, I’ve put together a few general tips for you to keep in mind.
- Keep it Simple
Don’t go over the top with the decorations, or else you’ll just end up distracting yourself while you’re trying to read. Keep things simple with just a couple pillows and a comfy chair or stool.
- Put up a Canopy
An inexpensive canopy, like one that goes over a bed, can transform any corner into the perfect reading corner. With just a couple more additions, you have yourself a self-contained, cozy reading corner that you can hide away in.
- Let Children Decorate for Themselves
If you are making a reading nook for your child, I highly recommend letting them decorate it themselves. Of course, you should intervene if they start going overboard, but definitely let them pick what pillows and other small things they want in the corner. By letting them choose how to decorate the corner, they gain a sense of ownership over the area and are much more likely to use it and take care of it.
- No Electronics
No matter who the reading corner is intended for, I strongly suggest making the area a “no electronics zone”. Bringing in smartphones, laptops, or tablets to the reading nook is just asking for distractions. Even if they are on silent, you’ll constantly want to check it and won’t get any quality reading time, so it’s better to just leave them outside the reading nook.
A reading corner can liven up a room, and for a child with a book and a big imagination, it can transform into absolutely anything in the world. Whether you want to read more, or you want to get your kids reading, a reading corner or nook is the perfect place to start